Video: Exploring Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto

During my last trip to Japan I found this amazing ancient shrine in Kyoto and spent hours exploring it. I shot a video of my experience to share. Here’s what you should know before you go:

Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto

When was the shrine built and why?

No one know exactly when it was built, but it has ancient origins, predating the capital’s move to Kyoto in 794.

How do most visitors spend their time at the shrine?

In this particular one you need to trek up-hill for quite some time until you reach the wooden forest of the sacred Mount Inari which stands at 233 meters above sea level. Many people do not trek all the way to the top, because even though it’s not a very tough physical challenge, it’s still quite a stretch, especially for older people and kids.

What did you find most interesting about the shrine? 

Its size. It sprawls all around the mountain and there are hundreds of small shrines, thousands of sculptures and more than 10,000 Torii gates. Near the beginning, there are way too many people for it to be enjoyable, but the higher up you go, the more relaxing and interesting it gets.

About Me: I am Jacob Laukaitis, a 21-year-old digital nomad, who’s already been to more than 30 countries in the past 2 years. The main reason why I can travel is the company I co-founded, ChameleonJohn.com, because of the flexibility and remote income that it provides. Because of this, I can travel for 9-10 months a year. If you would like to find more information about me or my trip you can visit my personal website JacobLaukaitis.com and my Instagram profile where I post the best moments from my trips.